Gary Jansen on CNN’s Belief Blog
October 29th, 2010
03:59 PM ET
Catholic author says his haunted house deepened his faith
From CNN’s John Blake:
Gary Jansen walked into his 3-year-old son Eddie’s bedroom one winter night and experienced a strange sensation.
Someone was standing behind him. The sensation was so strong that he jerked his head sideways to see who was there. He saw nothing except a night-light he’d installed in Eddie’s room.
Jansen shrugged it off, but when he grabbed the pair of socks he’d come for he felt something even more eerie.
“As I was walking to the doorway I experienced something quite out of the ordinary – sort of like an electric hand rubbing the length of my back,” he would write later.
That moment marked the beginning of one of the most terrifying years in Jansen’s life. He says he discovered that his Long Island house was haunted. The discovery, he says, deepened his Roman Catholic faith and ultimately led to him ridding his house of ghosts.
Jansen details his story in Holy Ghosts: How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night, in which you can find out how he says he ultimately rid his house of ghosts.
An editor at Doubleday Religion, Jansen says he initially struggled to reconcile his experiences with his faith.